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Wildlife officials implement voluntary fishing closure below Ruedi dam

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is performing maintenance on Ruedi Reservoir dam, stressing fish in an isolated pool downstream. This view shows how water releases typically keep the pool full of water.
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Colorado Parks and Wildlife placed a voluntary fishing closure Friday on a popular fishing hole below Ruedi Reservoir dam.

Water that normally flows from the dam into a pool just downstream has been rerouted to allow for routine maintenance on the Aspen hydropower plant below the dam, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. During that maintenance, the reclamation bureau will perform an inspection of the dam.

“The conditions have left the fish in the pool isolated, vulnerable and stressed,” said a statement from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

“We’ve received several reports from concerned anglers that fish in the pool are stressed due to the current lack of water flow coming into the pool,” Lori Martin, Colorado Parks and Wildlife senior aquatic biologist, said in a statement. “Due to these conditions, it’s just not very sporting to catch these fish right now. Releasing stressed fish that have been handled could result in them not surviving.”

Officials anticipate the work going through at least Nov. 10. However, additional work may be necessary depending on what is discovered during a routine inspection.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will erect signs in the area advising anglers of the voluntary closure and urging them to find alternative locations. If anglers don’t comply, the agency will consider implementing a more stringent emergency closure, according to a statement issued Friday.

For more information about the voluntary fishing closure, contact Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Glenwood Springs office at 970-947-2920. For more information about work on the dam and dam operations, contact Tim Miller of the Bureau of Reclamation at 970-962-4394.

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